The Exultet in Southern Italy

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Oxford University Press, Sep 26, 1996 - Music - 384 pages
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The Exultet rolls of southern Italy are parchment scrolls containing text and music for the blessing of the great Easter candle; they contain magnificent illustrations, often turned upside down with respect to the text, The Exultet in Southern Italy provides a broad perspective on this phenomenon that has long attracted the interest of those interested in medieval art, liturgy, and music. This book considers these documents in the cultural and liturgical context in which they were made, and provides a perspective on all aspects of this particularly southern Italian practice. While previous studies have concentrated on the illustrations in these rolls, Kelly's book also looks at the particular place of the Exultet in changing ceremonial practices, provides background on the texts and music used in southern Italy, and inquires into the manufacture and purpose of the Exultets--why they were made, who owned them, and how they were used.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 The Rotulus
12
3 The Texts
30
4 The Music
79
5 The Pictures
119
Plates
128
6 The Liturgy
134
7 Making and Using Exultet Rolls
169
The Purpose of Making Exultet Rolls
191
The Sources
212
Editions of the South Italian Exultet
263
Texts Related to the South Italian Exultet
303
Bibliography
313
Index of Manuscripts
341
General Index
346
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Thomas Forrest Kelly is professor of music at Harvard University.

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